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BASEBALL DROPS ANOTHER; QUINNIPIAC COMPLETES THREE GAME SWEEP OF RETRIEVERS WITH 8-4 VICTORY
HAMDEN, CONN.?Senior shortstop Travis LaPointe crushed a grand slam to break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead uinnipiac over UMBC, 8-4, in the home finale for the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon in Hamden, Conn. With the win, the Bobcats remained alive in their quest for a spot in the Northeast Conference tournament and improved to 15-22 overall and 12-12 in the conference, while UMBC fell to 15-23 on the season and 12-11 in the league. Designated hitter Brien Magee led off the eighth with a single to center. After right fielder Albert Marano flied out, first baseman Bryan Sabatella doubled down the left field line, moving Magee to third. Catcher Kevin MacIlvane followed with a double, scoring Magee and Sabatella and tying the game at four. Left fielder Chris Stonaha was intentionally walked and UMBC brought in Kyle Wildasin, but he walked third baseman Ricky Coppola to load the bases for LaPointe, who hit his third home run of the year to make it 8-4. UMBC had a chance to tie the game in the top of the ninth as shortstop Dan Carpenter walked and catcher Scott Kosmicky was hit by a pitch. Jeff Ford came in to face left fielder Chris Yetter, who hit a ground ball that would have gone through the right side for a base hit, but the ball hit Kosmicky for the second out. The Bobcats then brought in Chris Gresh, who walked third baseman Brad Glascock to load the bases, but got Isaac Friedel to fly out to center to end the threat and the game. Quinnipiac scored first in the third inning on an RBI single by LaPointe, but UMBC answered back with three unearned runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. Coppola got the Bobcats back within two when he hit a solo homer, the first of his career, over the left field fence to make it 4-2. Mike Spahr (2-1) earned the victory in relief after allowing no runs and just two hits while striking out four and walking one over four innings of work. Gresh picked up his second save of the season after getting the final out. LaPointe finished the afternoon 2-for-5 with five RBIs and a run scored, while MacIlvane added two hits, two RBIs and a run and Coppola tallied three runs and an RBI. Wildasin (2-2) took the loss after allowing four earned runs on three hits over 0.1 innings. Second baseman Kevin Brooks went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run to lead the Retrievers.